The Saami people of Lapland and their place in history.
If you don't know who they are: http://en.wikipedia....iki/Sami_people
This is an amazing Blog dedicated to them and researching their history, I really recommend taking a look to get an understanding of them: http://saamiblog.blogspot.com/
This is Wiki Sami Shamanism: http://en.wikipedia..../Sami_shamanism Keep in mind how much their culture has been distorted by incoming and more powerful groups around them and I'll go into this more later, I have taken the time to completely disect the mythology between Sami and Finnish, more on that later.
An example: Radien-attje is often portrayed as the main figure in a Trinity, which besides him, consists by the Raedieahkka or Radien-akka (Maadteraahka, the superior mother) and their son Radien-pardne. There are critics who claim, that this Trinity is a consequence of the meeting with the Christian religion, and that it is a match to the God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. If this is the case, it is interesting, that the Sami have replaced the Holy Spirit with a wife.
Interesting...? Sure is, I hardly doubt the Saami were actually replacing anything they had originally, only changing as people intruded on them. They had a Maadteraahka, a Mother, she wasn't missing. One should really wonder about who was taking who's lore and changing them...
My own view on them is extreme, I think they are the holders of all the ancient spiritual knowledge of shamanism. They have Noaide's who can communicate with the spirits (Gods) and have possibly been, or at least the ancestors of them before the Asian intrusion, in the Arctic Circle for over 10,000 years.
Living under the Pole Star in the Lap of the Gods. I'll point out Santa lives in Lapland with the Saami and the reindeer. This is not a co-incidence imo. The only people worshipping the Sun were those who needed it's arrival after 6 months of darkness. It's the land beyond Hyperborea. They possess the mythology of the World Tree that reaches up to the Pole Star, an ancient concept.
Starting at the start, I'll give a scenario I find to be logical and can find nothing to really invalidate it, although I'm sure cormac or someone can fix that for me.
My own opinion is that the Saami were originally part of the Magdalenian Culture of France and after the LGM they moved North with the reindeer.
Reindeer lived all over Europe once, when it was very cold, then they retreated North and I suspect the herders moved with them, and stayed there. Too logical I know.
Since they have a history of the labyrinth, it should not be ruled out how far they took this symbol with them. Recent genetics has shown they possess a connection to ancient Berbers c. 9000BP.
Edited by The Puzzler, 26 October 2011 - 04:44 AM.